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Zdeno Chara has kind words for Rod Brind'Amour after handshake line exchange

Zdeno Chara has kind words for Rod Brind'Amour after handshake line exchange

After the Bruins defeated the Hurricanes in Game 4 to complete the sweep and advance to the Stanley Cup Final, Zdeno Chara shared a special moment with Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour.

In the handshake line, Brind'Amour was heard on NBC Sports' broadcast telling the B's defenseman, "Much respect for you. You can't keep doing this. Good for you. Good luck to you."

On Friday, Chara posted the video of the exchange on Instagram along with a caption that shows the immense respect the two have for one another.

"Rod is a true leader and was a tough warrior to play against," Chara wrote. "At last nights handshakes his words meant a lot to me. Balancing respect and intensity are what playoffs are all about."

If you needed more proof that handshake lines are one of the coolest traditions in all of sports, there you go.

Chara did not play in Game 4 due to an undisclosed injury, but the 21-year veteran is expected to be back on the ice for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final where the B's will take on either the San Jose Sharks or the St. Louis Blues.

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Highlights, key dates from Bruins' 2019-20 regular-season schedule

Highlights, key dates from Bruins' 2019-20 regular-season schedule

The Bruins were hoping that their 2019-20 season would kick off with a championship celebration and a banner-raising ceremony at TD Garden.

But a Game 7 loss in the Stanley Cup Final dashed those hopes. Still, the upcoming schedule for the upcoming season (which was announced Tuesday afternoon) features many highlights for the Black and Gold.

Boston's first chance to take down the defending champs comes on home ice in late October, but they'll have to wait until the penultimate game of the regular season to face the Blues in St. Louis. 

From playoff rematches to challenging stretches of the season, Joe Haggerty has circled some key dates on the B's regular-season slate.

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Boston Bruins 2019-20 NHL schedule: All dates, times, opponents revealed

Boston Bruins 2019-20 NHL schedule: All dates, times, opponents revealed

The Boston Bruins came within one win of hoisting the Stanley Cup in 2019, and they'll get back to work defending their Eastern Conference crown on Oct. 3 in Dallas.

The full schedule for the 2019-20 NHL season was revealed Thursday at noon ET. According to one hockey mathematician, the Bruins have one of the most grueling schedules in the league.

Here are most notable matchups on the Bruins' schedule:

Home opener: Oct. 12 vs. New Jersey Devils
2019 Stanley Cup Final rematch: Oct. 26  in Boston and April 2 in St. Louis 
Matchups with the rival Montreal Canadiens: Nov. 5 in MTL, Nov. 26 in MTL, Dec. 1 in BOS, Feb. 12 in BOS
Chicago Blackhawks' only game in Boston: Thursday, Dec. 5
Connor McDavid's only game in Boston: Saturday, Jan. 4

And without further ado, here's the full Bruins schedule for next season (all times local):

OCTOBER
Thursday, October 3 at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 5 at Arizona, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, October 8 at Vegas, 7 p.m.
Thursday, October 10 at Colorado, 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 12 vs. New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Monday, October 14 vs. Anaheim, 1 p.m.
Thursday, October 17 vs. Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 19 at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, October 22 vs. Toronto, 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 26 vs. St. Louis, 7 p.m.
Sunday, October 27 at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, October 29 vs. San Jose, 7 p.m.

NOVEMBER
Saturday, November 2 vs. Ottawa, 7 p.m.
Monday, November 4 vs. Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, November 5 at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Friday, November 8 at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 10 vs. Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, November 12 vs. Florida, 7 p.m.
Friday, November 15 at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 16 vs. Washington, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, November 19 at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Thursday, November 21 vs. Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 23 vs. Minnesota, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, November 26 at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, November 27 at Ottawa, 7 p.m.
Friday, November 29 vs. N.Y. Rangers 1 p.m.

DECEMBER
Sunday, December 1 vs. Montreal, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, December 3 vs. Carolina, 7 p.m.
Thursday, December 5 vs. Chicago, 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 7 vs. Colorado, 7 p.m.
Monday, December 9 at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 11 at Washington, 7 p.m.
Thursday, December 12 at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 14 at Florida, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, December 17 vs. Los Angeles, 7 p.m.
Thursday, December 19 vs. N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 21 vs. Nashville, 7 p.m.
Monday, December 23 vs. Washington, 7 p.m.
Friday, December 27 at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 29 vs. Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, December 31 at New Jersey, 1 p.m.

JANUARY
Thursday, January 2 vs. Columbus, 7 p.m.
Saturday, January 4 vs. Edmonton, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, January 7 at Nashville, 7 p.m.
Thursday, January 9 vs. Winnipeg, 7 p.m.
Saturday, January 11 at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Monday, January 13 at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, January 14 at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Thursday, January 16 vs. Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Sunday, January 19 at Pittsburgh, 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, January 21 vs. Vegas, 7 p.m.
Friday, January 31 at Winnipeg, 7 p.m.

FEBRUARY
Saturday, February 1 at Minnesota, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, February 4 vs. Vancouver, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, February 5 at Chicago, 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 8 vs. Arizona, 3 p.m.
Sunday, February 9 at Detroit, 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 12 vs. Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 15 vs. Detroit, 1 p.m.
Sunday, February 16 at N.Y. Rangers, 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 19 at Edmonton, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, February 21 at Calgary, 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 22 at Vancouver, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, February 25 vs. Calgary, 7 p.m.
Thursday, February 27 vs. Dallas, 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 29 at N.Y. Islanders, 1 p.m.

MARCH
Tuesday, March 3 at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 5 at Florida, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 7 vs. Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 10 at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Friday, March 13 at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 14 vs. Toronto, 7 p.m.
Monday, March 16 vs. Columbus, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 18 at Anaheim, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 19 at Los Angeles, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 21 at San Jose, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 24 vs. Detroit, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 26 vs. Ottawa, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 28 vs. Florida, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 31 at Carolina, 7 p.m.

APRIL
Thursday, April 2 at St. Louis, 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 4 vs. Carolina, 7 p.m.

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